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Chicago Artist Database – Recently Added Artists

To encourage artists to upload their work to the Chicago Artist Database, we will be featuring five recently added artists on Chicago Art Magazine.  You can add yourself to the database here. (Note: the system is buggy and we don’t provide tech support, so read the uploading directions carefully.)



Lauren Grokulsky – The act of painting, to me, is like conflict and resolution. The blank canvas is the conflict. I put marks down, and continue to respond to them until I consider the piece to be resolved. It is a conversation in paint. The conflict in my work is echoed from a number of sources of anxiety in my own life. I am constantly struggling to find order between art and science, order and chaos, love and hate, contentment and depression, confusion and clarity, independence and dependence. Painting allows me to withdraw myself from the real world and its distractions and escape into a world where it is just me and the paint.




Eric Colorbender – I’m interested in the reflection of brands…



Jan Jones – The majority of my photography and paintings are of trees and scenes found in nature. Most of my abstracts are textured and three dimentional.




Susan Zale – is a native Chicagoan. She received her degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, with emphasis on painting and printmaking. She has gravitated toward pastel and colored pencil work, with the recent addition of collage as a form of expression. Most of her work could be described as quiet and thoughtful. The subject matter varies between real and abstract. When working from real life, her usual themes are landscapes, buildings (inside and outside), and close-ups of nature. Most of Zale’s abstract work has its basis in the natural world. She layers both shapes and colors within the work, creating depth with those layers. She will sometimes use the structure of a grid or framework with her drawings or paintings. The collages are formed of torn and cut magazine photographs. The animal collages suggest kinship with Japanese woodcuts. The abstract pieces play with light and dark to create sensations of depth.